One of the few Eastern Conference teams coming out well in clashes with Western sides are the Toronto Maple Leafs. Having already knocked off Calgary and Edmonton they are looking to take out another fellow Canadian outfit in Vancouver.
The Canucks are a step up in quality for the Leafs to contend with although their form at Rogers Arena isn't too impressive and their overall defensive record surprisingly poor.
Both Henrik and Daniel Sedin are running significant point streaks whilst celebrating new four year contract extensions. The Leafs will do extremely well to keep them completely quiet in this mood. All too often we've seen those two tear penalty kills apart but the Canucks' success is coming in spite of their lifeless powerplay - it's becoming a symptom of teams coached by John Tortorella.
The two times I've picked the Leafs out on the road they've been consigned to their only away defeats. I'll keep the faith with them at 2.22 including overtime.
Montreal are next in line to attempt to stop the surging Colorado Avalanche, whose surprise start to the season just won't come to an end.
Both clubs were in action last night, with the Canadiens beaten late in Minnesota. At the same time Patrick Roy's men played extremely well in Dallas last night, as goalie Semyon Varlamov shrugged away his off-ice troubles to backstop them to a fifth consecutive win.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere will start in Varlamov's place tonight and has a remarkable two shutouts in three starts. They even came against Boston and Pittsburgh, so his involvement is hardly to the Avs' detriment.
In the shadow of Matt Duchene, a line consisting of Paul Stastny, Gabe Landeskog and Alex Tanguay have also been coming up with the goods, whilst often facing the opponents premier forward line.
How they cope with Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher may well determine the outcome here. I like their chances, so back Colorado to stay on top at 2.10.
Colorado Avalanche to win at 2.10
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